The Kingdom Hearts II Save Icons Have Different Criteria for Them to Start Appearing

We recently dug through the original Kingdom Hearts II Ultimania and found out about some obscure tidbits that most fans probably aren’t aware of. One of the most interesting ones I remember hearing about years ago, but only very vaguely, refers to the criteria the save icons appear as.

For those unaware, saving in Kingdom Hearts II causes a character’s face to appear on the save file. Many assume that the face that appears is entirely random, but that’s only partially true. As it turns out, each save icon face can only start appearing at specific times depending on progression criteria that the player has fulfilled.

The Kingdom Hearts II Ultimania went into detail regarding this point, providing a chart (page 685) detailing the necessary conditions for each of the four sets of character save icons to start appearing.

We have edited this chart to include English text instead of Japanese, thanks to our team’s Ryuji, and you can view it below:

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While this is random, all things considered, it’s still cool trivia to know in case you ever replay Kingdom Hearts II again. Or, if you’re trying to impress a date, you can throw this knowledge on them and come off as really smart or pretty obsessed.

The Kingdom Hearts II Ultimania also shows early Final Form concept art that most fans have undoubtedly never seen before.

Check out our review of Kingdom Hearts Dark Road.

In Kingdom Hearts IV, Sora is in Quadratum with Strelitzia, a prominent character from Kingdom Hearts Union χ. This setting is an afterworld for the two characters following their tragic fates.

Additionally, this new saga has been titled the Lost Master Arc. Further, some combat footage was showcased, with Sora performing Keyblade transformations against a giant entity that seems to be a Heartless? We don’t know for sure.

“The heart resides within the soul, which in turn is guided by fate to its rightful place” is a crucial phrase used at the start of this trailer for the upcoming mainline game.

Kingdom Hearts IV is in development with an unknown release date and unconfirmed platforms.

Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link will launch for mobile devices via iOS and Android at an unknown time.

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Orpheus Joshua

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